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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Catholic church on Buffalo's East Side was struck by a vandal late Tuesday, who removed a statue of the Virgin Mary from a garden, severely damaged it and left behind a note warning that "this building will be destroyed." The suspect is known to the neighborhood and witnesses suggested to WBFO that mental health may be a factor in the incident.


Buffalo Bills

Jersey #34 will forever be the number of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.

WBFO file photo/Eileen Buckley

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has already done it with one of its Metro Rail stations. Now, it's inviting developers to bring forth ideas for converting other underground rail stations into mixed-use centers.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's Fruit Belt has its master plan ready to deal with the avalanche effect of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus next door, masses of vacant lots available for development and the desire of most residents to stay in the neighborhood.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's Common Council has to have its amended version of Mayor Byron Brown's budget back on his desk Tuesday. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to be noticeably different from the original.

Dollar General

Disability Rights New York has filed a class action lawsuit against the Dollar General Corporation for failing to make their New York stores accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the early origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

Courtesy Rep. Brian Higgins

The name of Buffalo Police Lt. Craig Lehner was read among 199 officers added to the National Peace Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Architect of waterfront's rebirth retiring

19 hours ago
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The man who has led the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront is calling it a career. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has announced its president, Tom Dee, will retire June 29.

Karen DeWitt

The state Legislature began interviewing candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over a domestic violence scandal.


John Abraham Jr./Lancaster Social Studies Teacher / Twitter

The two companions of the Lancaster teacher who died over the weekend in a boating accident were both off-duty Lancaster police officers.

Ground broken on new Seneca-Babcock Community Center

May 15, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Work is set to begin on the new Seneca-Babcock Community Center on Harrison Street in Buffalo. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site of the future  12,600 square-foot facility. Among those present for the ceremony were donors and elected officials who recalled the role the community center played in their own lives.


Buffalo Rising

On Saturday, city homeowners and businesses will open their porches to local bands for Buffalo Porchfest. While the event offers music lovers a wide variety of options, it also serves as a celebration of the symbolic value of the porch. "Porches offer a sense of community," said Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising during WBFO's Press Pass. The event and the sense of community it inspires, Nussbaumer says, have prompted many homeowners to rebuild their porches and, in a greater sense, restore their city.


Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

Healthy food advocates are worried about the federal farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives plans to bring to the floor this week.

Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says new research at the University at Buffalo is a "huge deal" in developing a computer chip that could eventually be used to build the illegal drug equivalent of the breathalyzer.

It is school district budget voting Tuesday across New York State, with a range of spending proposals, school board candidates and capital budget proposals being put to the voters for their approval.

Niagara County Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened in Cambria late Monday night.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's Common Council is moving closer to making the Michigan Street Baptist Church and what is now I-Prep at Grover Cleveland High School official landmarks, not just landmarks in their neighborhood and in history.

WBFO file photo

The New York State Assembly is set to interview potential replacements Tuesday for former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned May 8 in a domestic violence scandal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also trying to put his stamp on the selection process.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Common Council members have been peering more closely at the numbers in Mayor Byron Brown's proposed 2018-19 budget. On Tuesday in City Hall, the public will have a chance to air their concerns.

Is sports betting inevitable in New York State?

May 14, 2018
Wikipedia.org

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional. The ruling, based on a New Jersey case, allows states to decide for themselves whether to allow it. New York State allows gaming, from Native-run casinos to racinos that host video slots to Off-Track Betting centers. The Supreme Court ruling raises the question: will sports betting soon join the list of gambling options in the state?


Consumer Reports / Black legged tick removal

Environmental experts are debunking old myths when it comes to removing a tick.


Robert Indiana

A large work of public art, by a world-famous artist, is heading to Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

Tyler Krupicka

A team of students at RIT has come up with a new way to send out mass notifications on campus in the event of an emergency. Their digital clock can receive digital alerts to display on the screen when emergency coordinators have to reach students, staff and campus visitors in a hurry.

A rare look inside a medical marijuana farm

May 14, 2018
Zach Hirsch

There are lots of farms and factories across the North Country. A couple of years ago, a completely new kind of enterprise came to the region: medical marijuana.

File photo/courtesy Maid of the Mist Twitter account

It was the black blob that gave a black eye to Niagara Falls, New York last summer. A discharge of wastewater near the Maid of the Mist docks very quickly gained international attention. The city's water authority has taken steps to address what happened. The question WBFO asked a representative of the Niagara Falls Water Board: As summer approaches and with it an increase in tourism, how prepared is the city to avoid a similar water incident?

National Public Radio

An increasing percentage of Americans say they have no religious affiliation in a society that traditionally has been religious. A University at Buffalo political scientist is part of a group of researchers who have been looking at that in the context of politics, with the heavy involvement of the religious right and the Republican party.

Lynn Bader / WNED-TV

Police are investigating a shooting outside the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

John Abraham Jr./Lancaster Social Studies Teacher / Twitter

The Lancaster Central Schools are mourning the loss of one of their own. Eric Przykuta, 43, was killed over the weekend in what the school district is calling a "tragic fishing accident at the Small Boat Harbor.”

Ronny Jaques. National Film Board of Canada/Library and Archives Canada: PA-116178

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is planning to convert 1.1 million hours of audio, film and video currently in its archives to digital files by 2022. The plan is not popular with The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an organization that traditionally defends public broadcasting in Canada. The Friends want original copies of every item preserved, but the CBC is not planning to do that.

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